Eagle River bowlers sweep league titles
A sports dynasty was crowned recently, and it had nothing to do with how much air was in the balls.
Eagle River’s girls bowling team won its third Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League title with ease on Thursday, Feb. 4, rolling away with a 33-2 win over second-place Dimond in the season-ending placing matches at Eagle River Bowl.
“It’s very exciting and I’m proud of my team,” said captain Tessa Anderson after the season-ending matches.
Chugiak’s girls team moved past South to take third place in the overall standings, defeating the Wolverines 22.5 to 12.5. Madeline Richardson had a 190 to lead the Mustangs.
The Chugiak boys were seventh in the league standings. The Mustangs lost to South, 27-8, in the final match of the season. Michael Remer led the Mustangs with a 173.
Chugiak coach Jim Richardson said his team showed improvement throughout the year.
“We had a pretty good season, we’ve got a lot of young bowlers,” he said.
Richardson said the key for next season will be to get the word out about bowling in the hallways at CHS.
“We’ve got to keep recruiting,” he said.
The Eagle River girls also won titles in 2013-14 and 2014-15. This year’s championship was by a wide margin, with 61 points separating the Wolves from second-place Dimond.
For the first time in school history, the Wolves swept the team bowling titles as the boys won their first championship by cruising to victory over Dimond, 33-2, to claim first place by 22 points over West.
Both teams won going away, and did so with style. The team was laughing and high-fiving throughout their matches, which coach Bill Dix said was a hallmark of his team’s success.
“We had more fun than the other guys,” Dix said.
Boys captain Aaron Harris has been with the team all four of his years in high school, and said finally winning the league was the culmination of hours of hard work on the part of the team and its coaches.
“it’s amazing to finally get this in my senior year,” said Harris, who had a team-high 243 in the placing round matches, a score that was also the highest of the day for any bowler.
Dix praised his team’s work ethic, saying many of the bowlers came into work on their games on weekends.
“I’m so proud of them,” he said.
He said the team is made up of quality kids who are even better in the classroom than they are picking up spares.
“They’re all A students,” he said.
Dix said the bowling team bonded as a unit, which showed itself in the teams’ performances.
“Everybody had everybody’s back,” Dix said.
While the fourth-year head coach tried to pin Eagle River’s success on the shoulders of his bowlers, they did the same for the team’s coaching staff.
“They’re teaching us more than just bowling skills,” she said.
Harris said Dix has been a strong mentor to all the bowlers.
“He’s always been there for us,” he said.
The senior captains said they believe their respective teams are in good shape. Although they’re leaving, both said they think the Wolves have a good foundation to continue dominating the boards next season.
“I have complete and utter confidence in this team,” Harris said.
Anderson said she’s proud to have been a part of Eagle River’s dominant bowling run, and said she’d point to one thing in particular as being key to the Wolves’ success.
“I would say it’s our teamwork,” she said.
Dix knows that in order for the Wolves to continue their bowling dominance they’ll have to work just as hard as this season.
“We’ve definitely got a target on us,” he said.
Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League
Final Team Standings
1. Eagle River 254
2. Dimond 193
3. Chugiak 176.5
4. South 159.5
5. East 139
6. West 126
7. Bartlett 64
8. Service 8
1. Eagle River 223
2. West 201
3. Dimond 189
4. Bartlett 149
5. South 115
6. East 102
7. Chugiak 95
8. Service 69